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City using Snapchat to engage Calgarians on Main Streets project

Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm MDT

(Kendra Fowler - 660 NEWS)

The City of Calgary is using a different approach to gather public input on a Streetscape Master Plan .

Snapchat users are encouraged to give feedback on how to make the main street in the community of Inglewood more pedestrian friendly.

Urban Strategy Lead with the City of Calgary, Carlie Ferguson, said they installed white painted blocks with Snapchat codes along 9 Ave. S.E.

“We’re asking Calgarians and those local to Inglewood, as well on what’s important to them and the different features in terms of heritage, the characteristics of the street, pedestrian crossings, interfaces to the parks and open space and what they feel about those different characteristics,” she said.

Ferguson explained this project is building on the Main Streets Initiative that looks at 24 main streets across the city.

“Inglewood is Calgary’s first main street, so we’re starting here, but the program for main streets was looking at how do we revitalize and how do we focus new growth and redevelopment in those areas and one of the important things is investing and enhancing the infrastructure that’s already in place,” she explained.

Those who come across the Snapchat codes and take a picture will be directed to a short survey.

Calgarians have until May 1 to give their feedback through the social media app at a City of Calgary Kiosk in front of Jack Long Park beside the Alexandra Centre or online at http://engage.calgary.ca/inglewoodramsay.